Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) (korean)


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Acclaimed filmmaker Park Chan Wook returns to the director’s chair to helm Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, one of the most highly anticipated Korean films of 2005. The film marks the end of Park’s hugely popular Vengeance Trilogy”, a series of films that began with 2002’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and continued with 2003’s internationally successful Old Boy. Unlike most trilogies, this trio of pictures is united not by plot or by characters, but by its thematic content, namely, revenge and its terrible consequences.
Actress Lee Young Ae (Joint Security Area, Jewel in the Palace) takes up the leading role in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, portraying Geum Ja, a beautiful woman just released from jail after thirteen years of imprisonment. Her crime? The kidnapping and brutal murder of a young child. Through the use of flashbacks, it is revealed that Geum Ja was extremely kind and generous to the other prisoners during her internment, earning a widespread reputation as a veritable saint among the imprisoned women. However, Geum Ja’s polite behavior masks her true intentions, for it seems she is totally innocent of the charges brought against her and is covertly hatching an elaborate plan to seek retribution on the twisted Mr. Baek, an English teacher played by Old Boy’s Choi Min Sik who is responsible for her unjust conviction. And as soon as Geum Ja is released from prison, her demeanor changes. Once kind and considerate, she becomes cold and calculating. Enlisting the help of a retired cop (Nam Il Woo) and her daughter Jenny (who was adopted by an Australian couple during the anti-heroine’s incarceration), Geum Ja sets in motion her plan for bitter vengeance, but will she succeed? Find out in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, a film that may just prove why revenge is a dish best served cold!

Artist Name(s) : Li Ying Ai Lee | Choi Min Sik | Park Chan Wook
Release Date : May 8, 2006
Language : Korean
Subtitle : English
IMDB Link : www.imdb.com/title/tt0451094/

Horrors of Malformed Men (Japan) (1969)

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Banned for decades in Japan!

Not knowing if he’s sane or deranged, medical student Hirosuke Hitome (Teruo Yoshida) escapes from an asylum and tries to piece together his past. Wanted for a murder he didn’t commit, Hirosuke makes his way to the coast, where he finds that he is virtually identical (right down to the swastikas carved into the soles) to a man named Genzaburo Komoda, who has just been buried. They may be brothers. Hirosuke takes the corpse’s place and fakes a miraculous return from the dead. Both Genzaburo’s widow and mistress pursue Hirosuke for sex, and threatening letters appear. More murders occur until Hirosuke takes a boat to the mysterious island where his reclusive, deformed father Jogoro (Tatsumi Hijikata) is said to be preparing some kind of ‘earthly paradise.’ Hirosuke instead finds that his father is a madman ruling scores of captive women and freakish deformities. Hirosuke’s mother is a prisoner chained in a cave. Jogoro expects his son to help him transform his ‘normal’ prisoners into more monstrosities — through atrocious surgery!

Cast: Teruo Yoshida, Teruko Yumi, Asao Koike, Mitsuko Aoi, Mie Hanabusa, Tatsumi Hijikata, Yukie Kagawa, Minoru Ohki, Yumiko Katayama
Directed: Teruo Ishii
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Runtime: 99 Minutes
Also Known As: Edogawa ranpo taizen: Kyofu kikei ningen, Horror of a Deformed Man
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0142257/

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Ghost Story of Yotsuya (Japan) (1959)

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The ghost of a samurai’s wife takes revenge on her husband.

This classic Japanese horror movie — made in 1959 and directed by Nobuo Nakagawa — is based on an 18th-century masterpiece written by Nanboku Tsuruya. It is about a woman who haunts her husband after she dies a miserable death. The story has terrified the Japanese people for ages.

Cast: Shigeru Amachi, Noriko Kitazawa
Directed: Nobuo Nakagawa
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 76 Minutes
Also Known As: Tokaido Yotsuya kaidan,
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0155278/

Mahabharat (India) (1988-1990)

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The epic story of the family feud between the noble Pandava princes and their scheming cousins, the Kaurava kings.

Cast:
* Harish Bhimani as Samay (Time)
* Mukesh Khanna as Bhishma
* Nitish Bharadwaj as Krishna
* Girja Shankar as Dhritrashtra
* Renuka Israni as Gandhari
* Nazneen as Kunti
* Virendra Razdan as Vidura
* Vinod Kapoor as Dushasana
* Puneet Issar as Duryodhana
* Parween Kumar as Bheem
* Gajendra Chouhan as Yudhishtira
* Arjun as Arjuna
* Sameer as Nakula
* Sanjeev as Sahadeva
* Razak Khan as Ghatotkacha
* Sagar Salunke as Balarama
* Pankaj Dhir as Karna
* Gufi Paintal as Shakuni
* Roopa Ganguly as Draupadi
* Raj Babbar as Bharat
* Arun Bakshi as Dhrishtadyumna
* Kiran Juneja as Ganga
* Paintal as Shikhandi
* Dara Singh as Hanuman (one episode)
* Shampa as young Krishna (seen dancing on snake)
* Sonu as young Yudhistira
* Ankur Javeri as young Arjuna
* Rishabh Shukla as Shantanu

Directed: Ravi Chopra
Broadcast: 1988-1990
Run Time: 4230 minutes/94 episodes
Genre: Historical Drama/TV Series
Also Known As: Mahabharata
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Subtitles: English Hard Coded
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0158417/

Kwaidan (Japan) (1964)

A classical Japanese tragedy…

This film contains four distinct, separate stories.

“Black Hair”:A poor man abandons his wife and marries a rich woman. Unhappy with her, he goes back to his first wife, but realizes a bit too late that she’s no longer alive.

“Hoichi, the Earless”: A blind young monk goes every night to an abandoned graveyard, compelled by the ghosts of a famous battle to retell their story, over and over again.

“The Snow Maiden”: A woodcutter marries a woman who just happens to be devoted to wander snowy landscapes, bringing death to mortals.

“In a Cup of Tea”: A warrior is menaced by an elusive spirit first seen in a cup of tea staring up at him.

Cast: Rentaro Mikun, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiko Kishi, Katsuo Nakamura, Tetsuro Tamba, Kanemon Nakamura, Osamu Takizawa
Directed: Masaki Kobayashi
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Runtime: 183 min
Also Known As: Kaidan, Ghost Stories, Ghost Story, Hoichi the Earless, Weird Tales
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058279/

The Emperor and the Assassin (China | Japan | France) 1998

In the 3rd Century BC, Ying Zheng, heir to the Kingdom of Qin, seeks to dominate the remaining six Chinese kingdoms. Ying’s strategy is to seem invincible. Ying sends his concubine Zhao to the Han Kingdom as a spy, to enlist an assassin he can conquer. Zhao persuades Jing Ke, but falls in love.

Cast: Li Gong, Fengyi Zhang, Zhou Sun, Xiaohe Lu, Zhiwen Wang, Kaige Chen, Yongfei Gu, Benshan Zhao, Haifeng Ding, Changjiang Pan, Xun Zhou, Xuejian Li
Directed: Kaige Chen
Genre: Historical/Drama/Action
Runtime: 162 Minutes
Also Known As: Jing ke ci qin wang, L’ Empereur et l’assassin, The Assassin, The First Emperor
Country: China, Japan, France
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162866/